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Humberto Bandenay out of UFC Austin due to visa issues

UFC Fight Night: Bravo v Bandenay Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

Humberto Bandenay is having a hard time getting a second fight in the UFC.

The Peruvian fighter has been removed from his featherweight bout with Steven Peterson at UFC Austin due to visa issues.

The news was first reported by MMA Today, and was later confirmed by MMA Fighting.

Bandenay last fought in August where he scored impressive UFC debut, knocking out The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 3 winner Martín Bravo in the first round. The 23-year-old fighter was scheduled to return in November at UFC Sydney, but was forced to pull out due to injury. The withdrawal from UFC Austin is the second canceled bout for Bandenay since making his UFC debut. Bandenay told MMA Fighting that he’s currently working with his manager and the UFC to get him booked as soon as possible.

With Bandenay out, the promotion booked short-notice replacement Brandon Davis against Peterson.

The 27-year-old Davis is coming off a decision loss Kyle Bochniak on last month’s UFC 220 event. The Dana White’s Contender Series 4 contract winner is 8-4 his MMA career. Meanwhile, this bout marks Peterson’s first in the company. Peterson is 16-6 in his MMA career and he’s coming off a win over Dustin Winter at LFA 28 back in December.

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